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The number of students earning their first undergraduate degree in 2016-17 (first-time graduates) was 2,232,069, a slight decrease of 0.3 percent compared to 2015-16 (Figure 1). In contrast, the number of graduates earning their second or third undergraduate credential (graduates with prior awards) grew by 3.4 percent to 666,885. The overall number of students who earned an undergraduate degree in 2016-17 was 2,898,954 a 0.5 percent increase from 2015-16.read more
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The Research Center regularly publishes reports on student access, student mobility, credential attainment, and enrollment trends. These reports are based on student-level data provided exclusively to the National Student Clearinghouse by our nationwide network of postsecondary institutions. The reports are to benefit and better inform the educational community, policymakers, community leaders, and others. Click on a report series below to view the reports within that series.
The Role of Community Colleges in Postsecondary Success
The Community Colleges Outcomes Report, “The Role of Community Colleges in Postsecondary Success,” provides recent report findings from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center on two-year colleges. Key community college metrics are provided for three areas — college access and persistence, transfer and mobility, and certificate and degree completion – which are important indicators of community college progress.
Postsecondary Data Partnership Pilot
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center is participating in an initiative, the Postsecondary Data Partnership Pilot, to help colleges and universities more efficiently gain a fuller picture of student progress and outcomes, meet various reporting requirements, and focus more of their resources on using data to help students.